Personal Info Of Philly Voters Dumped On Street Corner - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Personal Info Of Hundreds Of Philly Voters Dumped On Street Corner

Posted: Updated:
Cell phone documents show voter call sheets dumped in and around the trash, un-shredded. Cell phone documents show voter call sheets dumped in and around the trash, un-shredded.
PHILADELPHIA -

The privacy of hundreds upon hundreds of Philadelphia voters may have been violated this week, when piles of documents used in "Get Out The Vote" calls were left sitting on a Philly street corner.

A woman who identified herself only as "Eileen" showed us cell phone pictures of documents piled in, on and around a public trash can on Cottman avenue near Leon St. in the city's Mayfair section Wednesday morning.

They appeared to have been dumped there by workers at the nearby "Organizing for America" Obama campaign office.

"Piles and piles of files of un-shredded documentation of people- voters," said Eileen. "Their sex, their ages, their phone numbers, maps to their homes."

The documents did indeed include phone numbers, addresses, age and gender- along with information about what time of day the person could vote- noted by abbreviations for "early," "midday" and "afternoon"- suggesting they might normally be tied up and out of the house at other times.

I paid a visit to the 4000 block of Teesdale St. to let voters know their information was strewn all over the street.

"We're not even aware of that." Said one woman. "I mean, that's crazy!"

We showed another woman a listing that showed her fiance's name and age. "Yeah, 24/male. Yup. With our address. What if somebody, you know, just come to my house? That's not safe. I don't like it."

Our call to the Philadelphia office of Organizing for America went to voicemail, where a recording said the mailbox was full.

But we did find the city's Democratic party chairman- congressman Bob Brady- at a social security rally, and showed him the personal information we were given.

"There's no question, they should have shredded it," said Brady. "You know, any information you obtain for an election, they're never going to need it again. Obama's not going to run again. There's no more 'Obama for America.' They should have shredded it. Probably campaign workers, just in their haste or whatever, that did not do the diligent thing in shredding it."

It's worth noting that most of the information on the documents we were given is public- available to anyone who spends the time and effort to get it.

But this makes it easy for nosey people- or crooks- to find out the age and gender of the people living in a given home, and- with that ‘when do they vote' information- what time of day they may be away.

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Feds: 6 Philly Narcotic Cops Robbed, Kidnapped Drug Dealers

    Feds: 6 Philly Narcotic Cops Robbed, Kidnapped Drug Dealers

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:20:24 GMT

    Six former members of the Philadelphia Police Dept.'s narcotics unit have been federally indicted, charged with using robbery, kidnapping and other tactics to shake down more than $500,000 in cash, property and drugs from suspected drug dealers.

    Six former members of the Philadelphia Police Dept.'s narcotics unit have been federally indicted, charged with using robbery, kidnapping and other tactics to shake down more than $500,000 in cash, property and drugs from suspected drug dealers.

  • SEPTA Rider: Couple With Toddler Seemed "Out Of It" On Train

    SEPTA Rider: Couple With Toddler Seemed "Out Of It" On Train

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:55 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:55:19 GMT
    Camera-phone video captured a disturbing scene aboard a SEPTA subway train. The video shows a shoeless toddler in a stroller and witnesses say the adults with her seem to be "out of it." The couple was on a train on the Market-Frankford Line on Sunday morning.


    Camera-phone video captured a disturbing scene aboard a SEPTA subway train. The video shows a shoeless toddler in a stroller and witnesses say the adults with her seem to be "out of it." The couple was on a train on the Market-Frankford Line on Sunday morning.

  • Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

    Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:22:14 GMT
    An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.
    An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices